Jason Hyde

Marrying into sustainability

You don’t marry the person you can live with—you marry the person you can’t live without.” “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”

This are all quotes about…? You guessed it! Getting married. And most people would think this is a live long dream of any little girl out there. Well, there are girls that dream about other stuff too, like saving the planet.

And there isn’t really a type of person that saves the world. And that’s the beauty of it! Anyone can do it, (anyone can also do whatever they want if they set themselves to do it, just saying). But coming back to my idea, it’s very easy to start. As we’ve shared before, you just need to incorporate small changes to your everyday life that make sense and make your life more sustainable. We have also shared that the perfect sustainable life doesn’t exist – yet. Just kidding, there’s always going to be something more you can be doing, but this isn’t a race, is a way of life.

So, if you noticed my opening quotes I was talking about marriage. Messy, beautiful, crazy, ups and downs, fulfilling marriage. Making the choice of spending the rest of your life with someone isn’t always easy. Luckily for you, (and if you’re the bride since this will be dedicated only to dresses, unless you’re a man and want to wear a dress which is ok too!). But why not make sustainability a part of your special day? Have you ever heard of a sustainable wedding dress? “The ultimate sustainable bride”.

Jenny McCarthy, the owner of a sustainable wedding dress boutique shares that if the place where you’re buying your wedding dress from can’t answer 2 simple questions, even if it’s because they don’t know the answer, chances are this dress didn’t have ethically made around when it was made. The questions are: who made the wedding dress and where? And what is it made from? (this one sounds pretty logic when looking for eco-friendly clothes in general).
But, as Jenny shares: The fabric your wedding dress is made from has a big impact on how sustainable it is: “Sustainable and ethical fabrics such as bamboo silk; peace silk; and recycled polyester are starting to become more available for bridal gowns”. Re-purposed fabric also is a good thing to be on the lookout when buying your dress.

Another big one, and maybe the biggest one, is what happens with your dress after the wedding? Because honestly the whole concept of the wedding dress is paying an absurd amount of money for a dress that you’ll only wear one.
So why not make it count? Well, after the wedding you could consider giving your dress a new “circle of life”. You could sell it or even donate it to someone else. Not the best way to keep the memory but keep it under the eco-friendly way of life would be re using it to create something new! A pair of shorts, a new top, or even something for your house! It’s a great way of keeping some happiness around always!

So, what are you waiting for? If 2021 is your year to tie the knot, don’t waste more TIME and get looking! Happy weddings everyone!

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